A single mother who operates a private sex offender registry while undergoing cancer treatment is calling on the Albanese government to come up with a larger government-run list after the horrific crimes of a child care worker were exposed.
since i started exposed offenders Some nine years ago, Tania Roy publicly identified 4,604 people found guilty of sexual offenses across Australia.
Ms Roy, from Gympie in Queensland, said the register that she manages full-time herself would be dwarfed by the scale of any federal government database.
“We need access to a public database of convicted offenders to help us know who is in our life,” he told Daily Mail Australia.
“The Australian public wants it and they want it for a reason.”
The new requests for a public record come after a 45-year-old former childcare worker was charged with 1,623 child abuse offenses in Brisbane, Sydney and abroad.
Tania Roy (pictured), a single mother who operates a private sex offender registry while undergoing cancer treatment, demands that the government come up with a larger government-run list.
Since Ms Roy started Offenders Exposed (pictured) around nine years ago, the website has publicly identified 4,604 people found guilty of sex offenses across Australia.
Ms. Roy has kept her record while undergoing chemotherapy for chronic lymphocytic leukemia, but recently went into remission.
She said she was confused as to why more effort has been made to notify the public about convicted sex offenders than the federal government.
“I don’t understand the government’s hesitance to do this, because they are already freely allowing certain information to be released,” Ms Roy said.
So why wouldn’t they do that in a public database? We as parents want to know who we are interacting with.
“Single moms and single dads are on dating apps, meeting people, but with no real way to find out about them.
This is a start.
In 2019, then Home Secretary Peter Dutton announced that the Liberal government had budgeted $7.8 million for a public pedophiles registry.
The plan included the publication of the perpetrator’s names, aliases, dates of birth, suburb, and nature of the crime, as well as their photograph, before being discarded.
Ms. Roy rejected any suggestion that the threat of vigilantism was a reason not to create a federal database. She said that after exposing thousands of sex offenders, she was aware of only one minor case of vigilantism that was reported to the police.
“(A registry) is not about gathering thousands and thousands of vigilantes and entering them to hunt down these criminals,” he said.
“It’s about protecting your loved ones, protecting yourself, removing a little bit of that vulnerability.”
Western Australia is currently the only state to have a public sex offender register, which, according to Ms Roy, contains “very limited information”.
Ms Roy, from Gympie in Queensland, has called on the government of Anthony Albanese (pictured) to implement a public registry saying the private one she runs full-time would be dwarfed by the scale of any federal database.
The coalition government had budgeted for a register of child sex offenders in 2019, which would have included the names and images of the offenders (Pictured, mockup from Daily Mail Australia)
Offenders Exposed helped the residents of Willaura in Victoria identify a convicted sex offender who was asking for help on Facebook with accommodation while he was crossing the state on a supposed charity walk.
The man had been on the sex offender registry for eight years after he was convicted in 2020 of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl at a trailer park in Mildura.
He had even stayed two nights at the home of a helpful woman who had no idea that he had been convicted of child abuse.
Ms. Roy said that if the woman had been able to look up the offender’s name in a public record, she would not have let him into her home.
“We contacted the cities and let them know that he was arriving and then he was looking for places to stay and that he is a registered sex offender,” Ms Roy said.
The calls for a public sex offender registry come after a 45-year-old man was charged with 1,623 counts of child abuse while working as a childcare worker (AFP’s Justine Gough pictured)
‘When you have people like that roaming our country, and we have no idea about it, how vulnerable does that leave us?’
Ms Roy admitted that a record would not help the case of the former daycare worker this week charged with more than 1,600 child abuse offenses, as he had not previously been convicted of such offences.
“These are people who have been flying under the radar, I don’t know how you can stop that,” he said.
“We have to look at a deterrent of harsher sentences to try to stop them, even then, I don’t know if that’s going to work.”
The Australian Federal Police, along with their counterparts in New South Wales and Queensland, have revealed the chilling allegations against the former Gold Coast childcare worker this week.
His 1,623 counts of child abuse include 136 counts of rape and 110 counts of sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 10 between 2007 and 2022.
The 45-year-old man spent the past year in custody after he was initially charged with two counts of making child exploitation material and one count of using a delivery service for child pornography material.